PLANS for housing at a former social club in Horwich have resurfaced as an affordable housing development.

A total of 21 houses, one more than the previous proposal revealed last summer, would be built at the site of St Mary's Social Club in Bosworth Street.

The new two and three-bedroom houses will be a mixture of terraced and semi-detached two-storey dwellings.

The latest proposals for the site were submitted earlier this month after previous plans were withdrawn by housebuilder McCauls.

Director Bernadette McCaul also revealed housing association Bolton At Home was set to manage the development.

She said: “The new scheme has an improved access road to the development and the type of housing has changed to three and two-bed units. We are looking forward to partnering with Bolton At Home to deliver affordable houses at this site.”

Bolton At Home confirmed it was in talks with McCauls but has not yet signed an agreement.

The plans have been broadly welcomed by councillors in Horwich.

Cllr Richard Silvester said: “This is a brownfield site in Horwich and it is good that it will be used for housing. It is a shame that St Mary’s Club closed down in the first place, however the new housing will be welcomed as it will take some pressure off building on green open space.”

Cllr Marie Brady said: “We would welcome this development because it’s a spare piece of land. It’s derelict so to build houses on it seems like a good solution."

Horwich and Blackrod councillors Susan Baines, Ann Cunliffe and Peter Wright, who represent the ward in which the site is located, were contacted for comment.

Councillors Cunliffe and Wright are members of the planning committee.